Remember the assault was not your faultFind a safe place: A safe place is anywhere away from your attacker. Ask a person you trust, such as a friend, relative or resident assistant, to stay with you for support.
Call 911 to report the attack if you are in danger or need help.
Resist the urge to bathe, douche or brush your teeth to preserve physical evidence. The urge to 'get clean' is natural, but the police can use this evidence if you later decide to take legal action. Preserve all evidence such as clothing in a paper or plastic bag. Write down all the details that you can remember about the attack and the attacker as soon as possible.
Even if you never plan to report the assault, consider seeking medical assistance. Prompt medical assistance reduces your risk of developing some STDs. Some women choose to take the morning after pill (Plan B) to prevent pregnancy.
Seek counseling: healing from a sexual assault takes time and most women need help coping. The Student Health & Counseling Center can be reached at 731-881-7750. The National Sexual Assault Hotline can be reached at 1-800-656-HOPE. They offer free counseling 24-hours a day.
Contact PSEPP. We can give you advice on how to help. You can also refer the person directly to our office in Room 236 of the University Center. You can also contact the Student Health & Counseling Center. There are counselors on staff who can talk you through the possibly tricky process of getting help to a victim. They are also available to offer counseling directly to victims.
Life on a college campus means you may encounter someone you suspect is being abused in some way. If you ever become concerned for a student, friend, or family member, PSEPP can help you help them.
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Sexual Assault like many other crimes is a crime of opportunity and motive. There are no hard and fast rules to guarantee your safety. However, there are some steps you can take to reduce your risk of being assaulted.
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